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Brownsville, PA - Lost for a better road.....sad!! ca 1956

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Lost for a better road.....sad!! ca 1956

Picture posted by YThom S on Jul 31 '08

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Nancy Bakewell

United States

#1 Apr 27, 2009
I think the location of this West-side pic is

where Bridge Street intersects with

Railroad/Main Street; if that's the case,

on the left is the "Esso" gas station, first

operated by Herbie Edwards. After WW II, John

Dukeman Sr. operated it. Mr. Dukeman stationed

in England during WW II, brought home his "war

bride," Jane. They lived on Water Blvd, just

a half-block away. They had three children.

John Jr. owns the business, now, which has

been converted to a beer distributorship.

The home across the street or maybe the one

behind it, is the location, according to Glenn

Tunney's column # 103, where Don Edwards made

his debute. Perhaps his Father, Jack Edwards,

and Herbie Edwards were brothers ?

Now, does anyone out there remember when gas

prices were 28 - 31 cents/gallon ?

If so, then that would be when this photo was

taken.
harry

Malabar, FL

#2 Apr 27, 2009
gasoline like women's skirts went up and down over the years. Also the location of the station and the taxes affect the price. I was paying 28 cents a gallon for gasoline in Cleveland in the late 1960s early 1970s before the OPEC oil embargo that occured in 1974.

You are correct about the location of that tavern. Directly in front of the Intercounty Bridge. Next to it was the Potter-McCunn Wholesale Supply Co. Next to the gas station was a very popular diner with parking. Can't be sure of the exact name although I was in it many times.
Something like Jack and Chunks?
Nancy Bakewell

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Apr 28, 2009
Was that diner, "The Kozy Nook,"

Harry?
Nancy Bakewell

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Apr 28, 2009
I haven't thought about that for years ...

the very place where I learned to play

pinball ... ha, ha, ha !
harry

United States

#5 Apr 28, 2009
I never knew the place by that name. It could have changed hands. I knew the place in the late 1940s when Rt 40 was still the major road across the USA and the traffic passed right thru Bville and over that bridge.

I have always said that I was the best pinball machine player in Brownsville. I often played all day for a nickel and passed the games to friends. I often ran the games up to the limit. I could shake the legs right off those machines and rarely tilt. Inertia is the key. People were amazed at how I could manhandle those machines and all they had to do was bump it and "tilt".

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